(Closed) what did you gift others on your wedding day?

posted 5 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My parents: photo frame with a promise of a photo after the wedding, MOB & FOB hankies

His parents: same photo frame and some nice glasses with a bottle of their favourite drink each. 

Bridesmaids: Bottle of champagne, lip balm and tickets to an event suiting their tastes. They also had floral robes, their dresses, hair & make up and 2 nights accomodation paid for as standard. 

Groomsmen: Paintballing voucher and craft beers. Suits were rented by us but they could keep the ties if they wanted. 2 nights accomodation also paid for. 

Flowergirl: A build a bear in a bride outfit plus a goodie bag for the reception with colouring in, stickers etc. Dress and floral headand for the day.

Groom: we agreed no gifts but wrote each other a card to open on the morning

All went down well πŸ™‚ 

Post # 3
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Our parents: photo frames with our names and the wedding date engraved with the promise of a photo after the wedding (like the above poster πŸ˜€ )

Husband’s godmother who was acting as our wedding coordinator: a jewelry box with “best godmother” engraved on it 

Our pastor: a desk clock with a pen set that had his name engraved on it 

My mom (acting as our florist): a mirror with her name on it and a message engraved on the back 

bridesmaids: make up bags and mirrors with a message engraved on the back. We also paid for their dresses and matching necklaces. 

groomsmen: money clips engraved with their initials. We also paid for their ties and vests.

photographers (family friends): chocolate 

all came with cards we ordered from Etsy noting their role in the wedding with handwritten messages from us. Think we did well! πŸ™‚

as for gifts we gave each other, there were a few. My big gift to my husband was a watch and he made me a charm bracelet that was Minnie themed so I could wear it for our honeymoon in Disney πŸ™‚

Post # 4
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Parents and readers: handwritten thank you cards

Bridesmaids: Thirty-One bags with smaller customized gifts inside (stationary, candle, lotion, ring holder…probably some other things)

Groomsmen: travel coolers with beer and snacks

Musicians (close friends, performed one song at our request): gift card to a local restaurant

I gave DH cufflinks with his favorite sports team logo and a boudoir book, which was sort of spur of the moment when an opportunity presented itself!

Post # 5
527 posts
Busy bee

I’m still planning, butttttt:

bridesmaids (all my sisters): matching fresh water pearl earring/bracelet/necklace set and a Starbucks gift card 

groomsmen: bow tie/suspender set and a bamboo and leather watch 

Unsure about the rest though 🀷🏻‍♀️

Post # 6
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

honestly? I ended up deciding not to buy cute little gifts. We had a short engagement and got married a fortnight after Christmas, but I did give gifts to some people. Oh! But we also skipped the parties beforehand so we didn’t ask for anything from families and bridal party other than attendance at the weddin either…

I put bottles of wine (or scratchies for the non-drinkers) with hand written thank you cards on the chairs of guests who had gone above and beyond with their help.

My Maid/Matron of Honor was given a double pass to the hot springs for Christmas, which was a much bigger gift than I normally give her, so it was also a ‘thank you’. I paid for her dress, shoes, hair and make up though… I wanted to get her jewellery, but she purchased her own and was so excited that she found it lol

The groomsmen didn’t get thank you presents, but we paid for their suits and ties. So they didn’t have to do anything other than show up πŸ™‚

For parents, we are getting them albums but they didn’t know that on the day… they all would have been annoyed at me for getting them anything.

For DH, we didn’t get each other presents.

Honestly, I spent ages on pinterest/ etsy trying to figure out what to get people, and in the end I realised that I’ve never gotten a present for being a Bridesmaid or Best Man and I’ve never missed it… DH has been in more weddings than I have and no present either… It’s just how things are in our circles πŸ™‚ Not saying that this is what you have to do, but I would have loved reading that someone else had skipped the presents when I was in the planning stage….

Post # 7
50 posts
Worker bee

We are giving the bridesmaids gold necklaces that have a leaf pendant. Groomsmen’s and my FI’s father gifts are wood watches. And MoB and MOG are either going to be gold necklaces with tree pendants, or a picture frame with our pricture in it (which is want both my brother and sister did as well when they got married).

I am contemplating also giving the girls a gift card to Starbucks as someone else stated above. 

My suggestion is to not give anything that says “bridesmaid” or “maid of honour” as I personally think it will  be useless after the wedding. I probably won’t love the mug, make up bag, or robe as much when I am no longer a Bridesmaid or Best Man. Just my two cents.

I was always given a necklace or a bracelet and earrings when I was a bridesmaid and love them still!

Post # 8
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We’re also still planning but this is what we have/have decided on so far:

Women: Necklaces, leggings & oversized button down (which I know they will all wear again since it’s what we all live in basically), and a non-wedding related tote (like a PP mentioned, we want it to be something they’ll use again), a bottle of their favorite liquor (for the flasks we have already given them). We’re also paying for their dresses, make-up, hair and lodging for 2 nights for them and their dates/husbands. 

Men: Watches, bottle of their favorite liquor, ties for the day off. Lodging for 2 nights for them and their dates/wives. (We’re also purchasing a suit for my friend who is coming all the way from Asia to be in the wedding). 

MOG: charm braclet and after the wedding an album with our pictures and a framed one.

MOB: Same.

Officiant (My college BFF): Haven’t decided yet, but lodging for him and his fiance for 2 nights.

Still need ideas for both our dads and his step-mom.

Post # 9
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Groom:  Monogrammed pocket watch with our wedding date

MOB and MOG:  cuff bracelets that matched their personalities (one was Yurman-esque, the other very artsy)

FOG:  fancy coffee thermos to use at reception

FOB: silver plated beer coozie to use at the reception

Flower girl:  silver charm bracelet with a flower girl charm

Ring bearers:  a telling-time watch for the youngest, for the older one,  apocket watched that matched the groom’s (different style of monogram, no date)

Officiant:  this was our mutual best friend, and we got him a new Michael Kors credit card holder/wallet thing.


No other bridal party!

Post # 10
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Still planning but my current fave idea is to knit socks for Maid/Matron of Honor and our flower girl

Post # 11
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

This is a great thread! Thank you ladies for sharing your great ideas!

Post # 12
236 posts
Helper bee

^What she said! We’re having a fairly casual wedding with the only wedding party being a best man and a “dude” of honour (my brother). I’m at a loss as for how to gift various participants. I guess I should look up the etiquette, re parents, host, other people who help, etc.

Post # 13
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

MOB: Tote Bag w/ name on it, Monogrammed travel makeup bag, Water Bottle w/ name on it, Embroidered hankercheif with a sweet sentement thanking he for the wedding of my dreams, monogrammed fishing shirt, *Probably get her a necklace too*

MOG: Tote Bag w/ name on it, Monogrammed travel makeup bag, Water Bottle w/ name on it, Monogrammed Fishing Shirt, Necklace thanking her for raising the man of my dreams. 

Bridesmaids: Tote bag w/ name on it, monogrammed travel makeup bag, water bottle w/ name on it, monogrammed fishing shirt. (maybe something else???)

Flower Girl: Silk Robe, Embroidered Hankercheif “today you hold a basket, soon it will be a bouquet, Here is something from us for when you say ‘I need something old for my wedding day'”, Water bottle w/ name on it, Monogrammed Travel Acc bag. *still need bag*

FOB: Wood frame that says “of all the walks we have taken, this is my favoirte” with a promise of a pic after today. Finace got him Monogrammed cooler bag *need something else*

Fiance is in charge of FOG, Groomsmen, and Ring barers… 


My sister is pulling double duty as my Maid/Matron of Honor & Officiant, so I want to get something to thank her for that other than the things listed in “bridesmaids”… Any reccomendations from y’all would be Great! 


***Sorry, just realized I was commenting on an old post… πŸ™

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